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In an earlier post on the string instruments of the Indian subcontinent, we focused on the plucked string instruments. Frankly, we were only able to scratch the surface in that post, as we are with this list of the bowed string instruments from the Indian subcontinent. The musical tradition throughout this vast region goes back thousands of years and has produced a wide variety of instruments.

 

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Remember the halcyon days when musical genres had distinct lines? No one expected to hear a harpsichord in a Classical composition. Boundaries were clear. Sure, everyone had to keep clear the distinction between “Classical Music” (mid-1700s to early 1800s) and “classical music” (instrumental music from the Baroque period through today), but that was manageable.

 

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The Indian subcontinent is a big place, home to a multitude of ancient cultures with rich musical histories. The variety of instruments, stringed or otherwise, native to the region is just as vast.

 

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No one ever intends to play sharp or flat. Yet sometimes the tone you think you’re about to produce sounds very differently once it comes out. Ouch.

 

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The GarageBand music app makes it super easy to build and record your own projects. However, the app itself takes some time to learn. The basic tools are fairly straightforward, but there are a wealth of options that allow you to make professional sounding music. So, if you are a budding composer and want to try your hand at something a little more advanced, the following tips can help you modify your creations on the GarageBand app.

 

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When we think of Russia and classical music, we think of the great composers like Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. Russia’s place in the canon of Western classical music, both as composers and musicians is well established. It can be easy to overlook the rich variety of native Russian string instruments.

 

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When you’re learning to play the violin, or any string instrument, shifting is an important concept to master. While many beginner students work on first position placement, moving on in your training means developing shifting skills that allow you to extend your performance abilities.

 

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Often the biggest problem music teachers, parents and beginner students face when learning a string instrument is finding ways to encourage practice times. However, there are always a few budding musicians who want to practice as much as possible. Either they or their parents place strong importance on mastering the instrument quickly, which means that students are spending hours each day with their instrument and neglecting other parts of their lives.

 

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With over 4,000 years of history, China has developed a rich and complex musical legacy. The Imperial Music Bureau was established during the Qin Dynasty, somewhere between 221 – 207 BCE. Yet that was already well after a Chinese musical culture had developed. Yayue (“elegant music”), a style of ceremonial and court music, was part of China dating from the Zhou Dynasty (1122 – 256 BCE). Eventually, a second style of classical Chinese music developed, often called “literati.” These two sophisticated musical styles grew in the courtly and imperial communities, as well as monasteries, of historical China, while a diverse collection of folk music was created in the provinces. These classical forms of music were kept to imperial court and elite society, yet the Imperial Music Bureau was active in encouraging the development of and recognizing folk music too.

 

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Musical Styles: String Instruments Of The Indian Subcontinent – Bowed Edition

Musical Styles: String Instruments Of The Indian Subcontinent – Bowed Edition

In an earlier post on the string instruments of the Indian subcontinent, we focused on the plucked string instruments. Frankly, we were only able to scratch the surface in that post, as we are with this list of the bowed string instruments from the Indian subcontinent. The musical tradition throughout this vast region goes back thousands of years and has produced a wide variety of instruments.

 

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Understanding The Differences Among Contemporary Classical Music Genres

Understanding The Differences Among Contemporary Classical Music Genres

Remember the halcyon days when musical genres had distinct lines? No one expected to hear a harpsichord in a Classical composition. Boundaries were clear. Sure, everyone had to keep clear the distinction between “Classical Music” (mid-1700s to early 1800s) and “classical music” (instrumental music from the Baroque period through today), but that was manageable.

 

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Musical Styles: String Instruments Of The Indian Subcontinent

Musical Styles: String Instruments Of The Indian Subcontinent

The Indian subcontinent is a big place, home to a multitude of ancient cultures with rich musical histories. The variety of instruments, stringed or otherwise, native to the region is just as vast.

 

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Understanding The Connection Between Your Ear, What You Hear, And Your Muscle Memory For Playing

Understanding The Connection Between Your Ear, What You Hear, And Your Muscle Memory For Playing

No one ever intends to play sharp or flat. Yet sometimes the tone you think you’re about to produce sounds very differently once it comes out. Ouch.

 

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3 Intermediate Tips For Writing Your Own Music With GarageBand

3 Intermediate Tips For Writing Your Own Music With GarageBand

The GarageBand music app makes it super easy to build and record your own projects. However, the app itself takes some time to learn. The basic tools are fairly straightforward, but there are a wealth of options that allow you to make professional sounding music. So, if you are a budding composer and want to try your hand at something a little more advanced, the following tips can help you modify your creations on the GarageBand app.

 

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Musical Styles: String Instruments Of Russia

Musical Styles: String Instruments Of Russia

When we think of Russia and classical music, we think of the great composers like Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. Russia’s place in the canon of Western classical music, both as composers and musicians is well established. It can be easy to overlook the rich variety of native Russian string instruments.

 

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What Is Shifting And How To Master It

What Is Shifting And How To Master It

When you’re learning to play the violin, or any string instrument, shifting is an important concept to master. While many beginner students work on first position placement, moving on in your training means developing shifting skills that allow you to extend your performance abilities.

 

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How Much Practice Time Is Too Much?

How Much Practice Time Is Too Much?

Often the biggest problem music teachers, parents and beginner students face when learning a string instrument is finding ways to encourage practice times. However, there are always a few budding musicians who want to practice as much as possible. Either they or their parents place strong importance on mastering the instrument quickly, which means that students are spending hours each day with their instrument and neglecting other parts of their lives.

 

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HOW TO WARM Up New Strings [VIDEO]

HOW TO WARM Up New Strings [VIDEO]

 

 

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Musical Styles: What Is Classical Music In China?

Musical Styles: What Is Classical Music In China?

With over 4,000 years of history, China has developed a rich and complex musical legacy. The Imperial Music Bureau was established during the Qin Dynasty, somewhere between 221 – 207 BCE. Yet that was already well after a Chinese musical culture had developed. Yayue (“elegant music”), a style of ceremonial and court music, was part of China dating from the Zhou Dynasty (1122 – 256 BCE). Eventually, a second style of classical Chinese music developed, often called “literati.” These two sophisticated musical styles grew in the courtly and imperial communities, as well as monasteries, of historical China, while a diverse collection of folk music was created in the provinces. These classical forms of music were kept to imperial court and elite society, yet the Imperial Music Bureau was active in encouraging the development of and recognizing folk music too.

 

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